Sponsor Agency: WRRC
Karkee, M.*; Tarara, J.
Cane management in red raspberry production is highly labor intensive. Labor availability is uncertain at best and labor cost is increasing. Currently, Washington growers estimate the pruning and tying cost in red-raspberry production to be from $500 to $800 per acre. In addition, labor is at risk for chronic and acute injury. Mechanization has the potential to substantially reduce labor use from cane management. Through this project, we established a red raspberry plot in Prosser, WA and collected preliminary data with different horticultural systems established in Mt. Vernon, WA. Further evaluations of different types cane management techniques will be carried out to identify mechanization friendly system for pruning and tying while maintaining or improving fruit quality and yield.